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Liturgy as Pastoral Care: Lockdown and Beyond
- Course Dates: Tue 10 November 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Through a mixture of liturgical theology and the sharing of pastoral practice, we will consider the ways in which the regular, routine worship of our church, as well as the distinctly ‘pastoral’ Offices, can be transformative in the lives of both regular churchgoers and those whom we meet in our pastoral ministry.
When this course was originally conceived a year ago, we were already convinced that our regular, routine liturgical life has the potential to transform the lives of those who encounter it. Since then the coronavirus and lockdown have brought to the fore the challenges and potential blessings inherent in our daily liturgy, as well as drawing into sharp relief the occasional offices: particularly those of the funeral and the wedding. A mixture of liturgical theology and an informal sharing of practice, particularly that which we have learnt and been challenged by over the past six months will shape this day of study.
This day course will be run fully online. As outlined in the course framework, we will be thinking more broadly than the recent lockdown, to include the theological and liturgical principles of the church, and the way in which they have risen – or failed to rise – to the challenge of this year.
Specific foci for the day will be:
- daily prayer, both in its traditional forms and in some of the innovative ways in which it has been revived during the lockdown.
- The Eucharist as a pastoral service: the challenges, heartbreaks and discoveries of lockdown; the place of the sacrament in the routine pastoral ministry of the parish.
- Baptisms, marriage, funerals, Ministry to the sick and the bereaved.
- Pastoral formation of our regular congregation, occasional worshippers, the community of our schools, care homes, etc.